Is Fitzpatrick Washington’s Answer at QB? Cowboys, Eagles Need Defense Vincent Verhei 25 May 2021, 09:39 am
For this May round of Four Downs, we will be looking at each team’s biggest remaining need as well as conspicuous undrafted free agent who will be going to camp with each franchise.
Biggest Need: Safety
The Cowboys could not have expected the quarterback-needy Panthers and Broncos to select standout cornerback potentials Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II eighth and ninth overall before the Cowboys were set to pick at 10. That likely motivated Dallas’ decision to trade down and sketch Micah Parsons, a musician that was closer to “best available” than to a team need. Given their compelled audible, the Cowboys did a tremendous job of filling their gaps. They acre recess Kelvin Joseph and Nahshon Wright in the second and third rounds. They bulked up their defensive strand with defensive undertake Osa Odighizuwa and periphery rusher Chauncey Golston, also in the third. And in the fourth, they drafted a Day 2 talent in offensive attack Josh Ball who probably came because of off-the-field issues.
If healthful, the Cowboys have a complete listing for 2021, but state causes the need the team might develop at refuge. They included Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee from the Falcons this offseason, but Neal tore his Achilles in 2018 and ACL in 2019 and Kazee tore his Achilles in 2020. Dallas wants to try Neal at linebacker, in all such cases. The unit will likely have to rely on an incumbent or two at safety. That going to be all right for Donovan Wilson, who began 10 tournaments for the team last year, but fourth-round sophomore Reggie Robinson and sixth-round rookie Israel Mukuamu frisked cornerback in college, and neither has taken a defensive sound in the NFL at their brand-new sentiment. And Darian Thompson is entering his sixth year in the league. He probably would have started more than 11 plays the last 3 seasons if he had a future as a full-time starter.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents
The Cowboys did contributed an undrafted free agent safety in Tyler Cole from Purdue. They also ratified a duet of UDFA tight ends in Nick Eubanks from Michigan and Artayvious Lynn from TCU, addressing another injury-driven potential hole since Blake Jarwin missed the 2020 season with a tear ACL. But their best apparent post-draft addition follows the same playbook as their enlist itself. Linebacker Anthony Hines is a former top high school recruit who only briefly played to that potential because of gashes and a 2020 opt-out. That said, Hines’ best represents were highlight-worthy, and his quickness and penalize give him a chance to cover NFL backs and tight demises as an outside linebacker.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Biggest Need: Offensive Line
Analytically inclined Beings fans likely cast a party when general manager and notorious trade-upper Dave Gettleman transactions back during the first round and webbed a bounty of sketch uppercase. The move was colossal in a vacuum, but his subsequent selection of wide receiver Kadarius Toney seemed a little superfluous after the team added Kenny Golladay for big money in free organization. This is a critical year for the Giants’ evaluation of quarterback Daniel Jones, yes, but Jones needs better pass protection to help him avoid the sacks and turnovers that have his future with the team in doubt. Last year’s No. 4 pick Andrew Thomas will hopefully improve in his second season, but in his first, he blew 6.5% of his pass blocks, the highest rate among attacks with 300 or more pass-block snaps according to Sports Info Solutions charting. Returning 2020 opt-out Nate Solder was barely better( 6.3%) when he last playing in 2019. And lookout Kevin Zeitler left for the Ravens in free agency.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents
The Giants did target their offensive line with two of their three undrafted free agent subscribes. Jake Burton played primarily right undertake for UCLA, but his width and athleticism present him a chance to find a place on the team’s line even if his shorter forearms do him a suboptimal is suitable for his traditional attack primacy. Meanwhile, Florida product Brett Heggie has college suffer at midst and both picket recognizes. Clearly Gettleman appraises positional versatility on his pipeline. Edge rusher Raymond Johnson will likely face stiffer competition for a listing distinguish after the team drafted Azeez Ojulari and Elerson Smith in the second and fourth rounds, but Johnson outproduced both drafted participates with 15 sacks and 33.5 attacks for losses in four seasons at Georgia Southern, although his testing quantities bode inadequately for a similar wallop at the next level.
Biggest Need: Linebacker
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman seems to have read the division-rival Giants perfectly with a trade-up to the 10 th select and selection of wide receiver DeVonta Smith. It’s paradoxical then that the Cowboys–another split competitor and Roseman’s trade partner–settled on the draft’s top linebacker Micah Parsons and left the Eagles wanting at the position. That may seem strange to hear since Eagles incumbent Alex Singleton and free-agent addition Eric Wilson each amassed 120 undertakes in 2020, but both actors were fertile because of volume rather than efficiency. In fact, Singleton, Wilson, and middle linebacker T.J. Edwards all finished in the bottom third of linebackers with 25 or more undertakes countenancing between 18.3% and 19.5% undermined tackle rates according to Sports Info Solutions charting. Sophomore Davion Taylor and rookie JaCoby Stevens offer some internal hope at its own position, but the onetime dallied only 32 defensive cracks in his first season, and the latter is a tweener linebacker/ refuge whose immensity stimulation his fall to the sixth round. Recent roster handling recommends the Eagles do not value the position the way that some teams do, but just once it would be nice to see a plus linebacker romp behind the team’s frequently excellent defensive line.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents
The Eagles peppered their other listing openings in the undrafted free agency period, signing and wide receivers Trevon Grimes( Florida) and Jhamon Ausbon( Texas A& M ), tight extremity Jack Stoll( Nebraska ), and and offensive linemen Kayode Awosika( Buffalo) and Harry Crider( Indiana ). But the team’s two biggest UDFA contracts play at orientations that are less obvious needs. Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman has a dual-threat potential to contender that of Jalen Hurts and was QBASE’s eighth-best quarterback prospect ahead of various drafted participates, including third- and fourth-rounders Davis Mills and Ian Book. But he never had the chance to reach his ceiling, committing from an RPO-heavy scheme at Wake Forest but never playing at Georgia since he opted out of the 2020 season for Covid concerns. In oppose, Iowa State defensive culminate JaQuan Bailey put too much on tape despite starting all four seasons at Iowa State and providing academy records for sacks and attacks for damages. He injury his asset with poverty-stricken pass-rushing accomplishments against some of his best competition such as Texas and Oklahoma State, but he has the NFL size and quickness to inspire confidence for his development for a squad with a record of turning later-round picks into productive starters.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM
Biggest Need: Quarterback
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the perfect caretaker quarterback. Not only has he gracefully abode demotions behind promises including Jameis Winston, Josh Rosen, and Tua Tagovailoa in recent seasons, he’s also a ability passer with above-average DVOA proportions in each of his last four seasons. That said, Fitzpatrick will turn 39 year olds during the course of its 2021 season. He have already had toy for nine crews in his 17 -year NFL career, but he has never played with Tom Brady to learn the secrets of the TB12 method. His play will almost definitely decline in the next few seasons. Last year’s strong achievement was fueled in part by the league’s best counts under pressure, which is not frequently sustainable for a quarterback who was far from the best in the league when not stressed. And while backup Taylor Heinicke opened some looks with his gutty playoff achievement last-place season, the 28 -year-old has just 121 career pass attempts and would rival Kurt Warner’s rags-to-NFL-riches story if he went on to become a successful starting quarterback.
Notable Undrafted Free Agents
Thanks to their 10 drawing collections, Washington did not have much left to do in the undrafted free organization period, but their one addition it is possible to prove to be the best of any unit. Running back Jaret Patterson likely slid past the draft because of his smaller stature at 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds and small-school pedigree at Buffalo, but Patterson stimulated his vast college productivity with incomparable success after contact, a skill that should help him outplay his width at the next statu. Patterson made the eighth-highest BackCAST projection, better than a knot of drafted expectations at his position including mid-round excerpts Javonte Williams, Michael Carter, and Trey Sermon. He likewise acre with the perfect team. Washington displayed its originality in turning college receiving back Antonio Gibson into an early-down standout, and their magnitude plot is thin at its own position since former top prospects Derrius Guice and Bryce Love are no longer with the team.
Portions of such articles previously is available on ESPN +.
Read more: footballoutsiders.com